Woman pretending to be auditor arrested for Waffle House robberies

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 11:28 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 11:28 AM

An Amelia woman has been charged with committing the late night robbery of a Waffle House earlier this week, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said.

Mindy L. Messina, age 37, 3581 Hunting Creek Lane, Amelia, Ohio, has been charged with robbing a Waffle House early Monday morning by claiming to be an auditor making an inspection for the company, said Sgt. BD Lacy of the Warren County Sheriff’s office.

Messina allegedly entered the Waffle House at 9725 Mason Montgomery Road in Deerfield Twp. at 2:45 a.m. on Dec. 17 and told employees she was an “auditor” for the restaurant and began to inspect the premises, Lacy said

Messina allegedly stayed in the restaurant for approximately 45 minutes when she asked an employee to print out the evenings sales and open the cash register. She was able to access the cash register and take cash. She then left the store.

Tips from Crimestoppers identified sheriff’s deputies to Messina, Lacy said.

Detectives interviewed Messina and she confessed to taking the money from Waffle House, Lacy said. During the investigation it was discovered that Messina had committed a similar offense in Elsmere, Ky. at a convenience store, Lacy said.

Elsmere officers came to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and interviewed Messina. Messina confessed to their offense as well.

Messina was charged with Theft and booked into the Warren County Jail. Charges were filed in the Mason Municipal Court. Charges are pending in the Elsmere, Ky. incident.

1 flown to hospital in crash that closes I-75N in Shelby County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:25 PM

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are back open at Ohio 274 near Botkins in Shelby County.

The vehicle in the crash is off the side of the highway, but traffic remains backed up.

A medical helicopter took one person to an area hospital.

FIRST REPORT

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are shut down this evening near Botkins in Shelby County.

The highway is closed at I-75 N at Ohio 274.

A medical helicopter has been called to the crash scene, and the crash resulted in significant vehicle damage, according to initial reports.

Local congressman argues for more competition in health care

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 4:33 PM

U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, has introduced a bill that would require the Congressional Budget Office to show its work when providing budget analysis and projections. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE
Staff Writer
U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, has introduced a bill that would require the Congressional Budget Office to show its work when providing budget analysis and projections. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/FILE(Staff Writer)

Warren Davidson argued for more competition in the health care industry and touted a Republican proposal for tax reform in Enon on Thursday, but he spent much of his time talking about gridlock in Washington.

Davidson, a Republican congressman whose 8th district includes Clark County, said lawmakers need to find ways to pass legislation or the country will be governed by executive order. President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order allowing trade associations and other entities to offer health insurance that could be sold across state lines and would be exempt from some ACA regulations. But critics have said the order will also destabilize the ACA.

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Former President Barack Obama also often resorted to executive order in the face of Republican opposition. But Davidson said he’s concerned Congress is no longer able to pass any significant legislation.

“For me, one of the big challenges is we can’t keep governing with a pen or a Twitter account or whatever,” Davidson said. “It’s got to be that there are real laws passed and the legislature does what it’s supposed to do, or we don’t keep our Republic.”

Davidson cited one example of why it’s been so difficult to pass legislation. Moderate and conservative Republicans in the House were divided on proposed legislation to repeal the ACA this spring. But when a member of the Tuesday Group Tom MacArthur, a caucus of moderate Republicans, drafted an amendment to bridge the gap, members of his own caucus were upset because it would have forced a potentially unpopular vote.

“People were very upset about him bridging this gap,” Davidson said. “So much so that he actually left this group called the Tuesday Group was no longer part of it and was very upset about the way he was treated.”

The Graham-Cassidy Bill, the most recent attempt to repeal the ACA, withered last month in the Senate in part due to opposition from numerous medical organizations, the insurance industry and the AARP. An evaluation by the Congressional Budget Office estimated the legislation would have slashed the federal deficit by about $133 billion over the next decade, but would also have resulted in millions of Americans losing their health insurance.

But Davidson said the bill would have created more competition and allowed states the flexibility to spend federal health care dollars however they saw fit. Under Graham-Cassidy, federal dollars would be doled out to each state in the form of block grants. That would have allowed states to experiment with ways to provide insurance, he said.

“We’ve got to do what we told the American people we were going to do,” Davidson said. “My opinion is more competition not less, that’s going to solve this.”

READ MORE: What is the Graham-Cassidy health care bill?

Suzanne Winters, owner of WENCO construction, said small businesses need more support. Too often, she told Davidson, larger corporations are driving the debate about what federal legislation looks like. Her company has about 60 employees, and she said she feels her employees are often stuck with few options. Health insurance is expensive for some of her employees, but because her company provides coverage, they also don’t qualify for subsidies under the ACA.

“I see my employees have things wrong and they can’t get coverage,” she said.

The Springfield News-Sun provides extensive coverage of politics and business in Clark and Champaign counties. The newspaper will continue to provide extensive coverage of issues that impact residents and their families in the region.

FOOD DEAL: How to get a $3 burrito from Chipotle on Halloween

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chipotle is known for dishing out food deals to its fans. 

Buy one get one burrito free at Chipotle this summer if you create your own custom mega mix at Chipotle.com. Source: Chipotle Facebook

The latest “Boorito” offer is a $3 burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos from 3 p.m. to close on Halloween. You can stop by any Chipotle to get your food, but here’s the catch: you’ve got to be in costume.

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Here’s further fine print about the definition of “costume” on Chipotle’s website

“Determination of whether a ‘costume’ qualifies for the offer is at the sole discretion of Chipotle restaurant personnel. Applicable taxes to be added to $3 purchase price. Additional restrictions may apply; void where prohibited.” 

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You can also get a chance to win a year of FREE burritos by texting BOORITO to 888222 by Oct. 31. 

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Still no winner of Queen of Hearts record jackpot

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:24 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

Stiil no winner in Ansonia Queen of Hearts

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (Oct. 19)

The jackpot grows to more than $350,000 after there was still no winner tonight for the Queen of Hearts game of chance at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

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There are now 13 cards remaining for the next drawing, which is set for 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m. (Oct. 12)

Tonight there was still not a winner for the Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

There are now 14 cards remaining for the next drawing.

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m. (Oct. 5)

Once again, there is no winner for tonight’s Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

Ansonia raffle

There now are 15 cards remaining, with another drawing set for next Thursday.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance in which the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

UPDATE @ 9:54 p.m. (Sept. 28): No one won the record $350,000 jackpot in the Queen of Hearts drawing.

There now are only 16 cards remaining and the owner of The Whistle Stop in Ansonia said the weekly drawing will continue until someone wins.

UPDATE @8:15 a.m. (Sept. 28)

There’s another Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia tonight, and the jackpot is estimated to be around $340,000.

Tickets will be sold up until 8:30 p.m. The drawing will happen around 9 p.m.

>> TRENDING NEWS

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (Sept. 21):  Once again, there was no winner tonight in the Queen of Hearts drawing for a jackpot estimated at more than $326,000.

There are 17 cards remaining.

UPDATE @ 6 a.m. (Sept. 21):

There will be another Queen of Hearts drawing tonight at The Whistle Stop in Ansonia.

Last week, the jackpot was estimated to be $330,000.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance, where the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

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UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m. (Sept. 14): 

Sorry, no winner in tonight’s jackpot drawing.

UPDATE @ 6:21 p.m. (Sept. 14):

There will be another Queen of Hearts drawing at The Whistle Stop restaurant in Ansonia tonight.

The jackpot is estimated to be $330,000. The drawing will happen at 9 p.m.

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance, where the person holding the winning ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck, according to Daryl Riffle, father of the owner of the Whistle Stop, 200 S. Main St.

>> TRENDING NEWS

UPDATE @ 9:17 p.m. (Aug. 31):

No one won tonight’s drawing. 

Andrew Riffle, owner of The Whistle Stop and one of the chief organizers of the drawing, said he has heard that people from all over the state -- and Kentucky -- have been coming to Ansonia for the drawing, which now he guesses is in its 31st week.

"We're ready for somebody to walk away with a lot of money," he told News Center 7's James Buechele on Thursday night. 

"If not, we'll keep going until somebody hits it." 

Next week's drawing will be postponed because of a race event at Eldora Speedway that brings in about 40,000 fans. Riffle said Queen of Hearts organizers are going to let the sheriff's office concentrate on that event at Eldora. 

He said he's lost a lot of sleep running the drawing. Two or three hours a night these days is good for him, he said. 

"We're ready for it to be over," Riffle said. 

"We've gotten the exposure we wanted." The charities for which the event was created have done well, he noted, having attracted more than $50,000 in donations. 

When someone wins the jackpot, Riffle said the drawing will take a break until Spring 2018.  

Jim Moore said he bought "plenty" of tickets for his first turn at the jackpot. He traveled to Ansonia from Fort Loramie and thought tonight would be his lucky night.

EARLIER REPORT

The jackpot for the Queen of Hearts game at The Whistle Stop restaurant in Ansonia is estimated to be around $300,000 when the business draws tonight’s winning ticket for a chance at the pot, according to the business.

The drawing has grown so large that the business has been working with local law enforcement agencies to keep employees, customers and residents safe during the event.

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Tickets for the game are $1 each and sales are cut off at 8:45 p.m. Thursday. The winning ticket will be selected at 9 p.m., Riffle said.

The business also has a 53-foot semi trailer that will be used to project tonight’s Ohio State Buckeyes football game on.

Ansonia police and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office will be supplying extra patrols for tonight’s event.

The Whistle Stop started the Queen of Hearts game at the business last year and are currently on the third game since it began, Riffle said.